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Anniversary...where to go for a drink b4 dinner?

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My husband and I are celebrating our 3rd anniversary next wednesday. We just bought a new car so we wanted to do something a little lower key for our anniversary. We are going to Opera in the South Loop b/c we went there on one of our first dates.

BUT, I want to take him somewhere romantic and impressive for a drink before dinner. It doesn't have to be right next to Opera, but at least in the general loop/south loop/river north/ or printers row area.

The only idea I have had so far was Sixteen (the new Trump place), but haven't been there so don't know if that is a good place to go just for a drink or not.

Help!

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  1. I know they aren't not very close to Opera, but my favorite drink spots for a special occasion (or any occasion really) are the bar at Le Coloniel (romantic Casablanca-ish), Pops for Champagne, the Terrace at the Peninsula (if the weather is nice) and Cru Wine Bar. Have a fun night!

    1. My 1st thought was the indoor bar on the main floor of the Peninsula Hotel, which is 1 flight up from the street.

      1. The terrace at NoMi in the Park Hyatt is wonderful. The Condrad (right next to Nordstrom on MI Ave) also has a really nice terrace.

        1. I haven't been to Sixteen, so I don't know if it's a good place for just a drink or not. I have been to the bar at the Trump, and it felt like an overpriced hotel bar.

          I'm going to second the terrace at NoMi, weather permitting. I went there on a special date night, and it was really really nice. Expensive, no doubt, but definitely romantic and special.